May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science Major, B.S.

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

Environmental Science is a discipline that will prepare students to understand - and help solve - some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today. From sustainable growth and pollution control to learning about water problems and ecosystem degradation, students learn to analyze environmental challenges and find possible solutions. The Environmental Science degree explores ecological resiliency through a wide range of field, laboratory, and classroom courses on topics including, but not limited to, soil science, water resources and management, mountain environments, waste remediation, and geospatial sciences. Students tackle these environmental problems from the perspective of timely global challenges such as climate change and human population growth. This interdisciplinary major allows students to choose from a variety of courses to tailor a degree plan to their interests and keep them diversified in a constantly growing and changing field.

Student Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and explain environmental processes and human - environment interactions. 
  • Students will be able to apply interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to environmental problems. 
  • Students will be able to critically assess and evaluate environmental problems at a local and global scale. 
  • Students will be able to acquire the ability to monitor and sample environmental conditions. 
  • Students will be able to design effective oral presentations and scientific papers.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program. 

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Environmental Science Core Requirements: 27 credits

This list of courses is designed to expose students to each of the various aspects of Environmental Science.

Environmental Science Electives: 15 credits

Students are required to take 15 credits of Environmental Science Electives and can choose any upper division ENV course to satisfy this requirement. Before choosing electives, students should see an advisor to discuss particular courses and associated career paths. All courses must be passed with at least a C- to count towards degree completion. Directed Study and Internship credits may only be used towards 6 credits combined of elective credits.

  • ENV 3000-4999 Any Upper Division ENV Course
  • ENV 300X-499X Any Upper Division ENV Variable Topic or Omnibus Course

Environmental Science Senior Experience: 3 credits

Students may choose one of the two following senior experience courses in Environmental Science.

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirement 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Additional Requirements 22 credits
Environmental Science Core 27 credits
Environmental Science Electives 15 credits
Environmental Science Senior Experience 3 credits
Optional Minor and/or Unrestricted Electives 17-29 credits
Total for Environmental Science Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.